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Old 06-15-15, 06:44 AM
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Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)



Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, ZoŽ Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Tyga, Keith Stanfield, Casey Veggies, Vince Staples, Chanel Iman, Quincy Brown and Rick Fox. The film was produced by Forest Whitaker, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, and co-executive produced by Sean Combs.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3850214/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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This is from the writer and director of The Wood, which I remember being highly enjoyable for what it was.

Opens this weekend, 6/19/15.
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Re: Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)

Looks cool. A friend already saw it and said it was dope.
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I am really looking forward to this and I've had the soundtrack on repeat all day.

If anything, "Can't Bring Me Down" (or any of the songs written/produced by Pharrell) deserve to be nominated for Best Original Song at next year's Oscars.
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Re: Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)

I can't wait to see this film.
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Not generally my type of movie but I saw the preview a couple of months ago and it looks really good. Might be a theater movie for me.
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Re: Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)

Saw it today. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but still enjoyable. Zoe Kravitz is gorgeous.

Really loved how the character
Spoiler:
Stacy
from The Wood made an appearance in this.
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Re: Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)

I keep seeing trailers for this and don't really have an idea of what it's about. Great reviews though, 90% on RT.
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Seeing this tonight.
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Re: Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)

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Saw it today. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but still enjoyable. Zoe Kravitz is gorgeous.

Really loved how the character
Spoiler:
Stacy
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Agreed on all points. Only a few people at my showing understood the spoiler.
The movie wasn't a flat-out comedy, but I did like it. Great music.
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Great movie. A lot of interesting culture play. I enjoyed it a lot. Some strong moments from Malcolm right before prom. I really liked that scene. It didn't go overboard but it was a short but strongly sweet moment from him.
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Really enjoyed this, the audience I saw it with was very eclectic. A lot of 50+ year old school teacher types!

6/10
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Looks like this is getting re-released in theatres this week for an additional push.
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Looks like this is getting re-released in theatres this week for an additional push.
They're a week late imo, they were trying to pull some "similar concepts!" attention off Straight Outta Compton, but I feel like that already faded.
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Re: Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)

I heard that this was not all that good from people as they walked out of the theater. I heard more than once that the film is not really sure what it wants to be. I'll still give it a watch but not until later.
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I wanted to write something about this when I saw it but couldn't find a thread for it, so I dropped the idea. The thread has returned, so here's my two cents.

I was really turned off by the fact that
Spoiler:
...the protagonist gets ahead by dealing drugs and the film seems to posit the idea that if a geeky black kid deals drugs but only over the web and mostly to white people, he won't get caught, he won't suffer any consequences, he'll become a man and get the hot girl. Given the number of young black people whose lives have been ruined in one way or another by bad choices involving drugs, and given the toll that the war on drugs has taken on black communities, I found this notion morally repellent.
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Re: Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)

I think your old fuck self has made you lose it, brah.

You're teasing into something that isn't there for that moment for the most part.
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AMC Stubs members get BOGO free tickets this weekend for Dope.
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I take it someone has never seen Risky Business or The Girl Next Door. Pretty much, Dope is the African American variation of it, with a political slant.

All three films has the lead character breaking the "law" (prostitution, porn, drugs) in a "clever" way and then pushing what they did against the antagonist so they get off on a clean slate and into the school of their dreams (Princeton, Georgetown, Harvard).

The only difference is Dope's monologue at the end which is very poignant, especially in today's America... but Risky Business and The Girl Next Door are, by far, the better films.
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Re: Dope (2015, D: Rick Famuyiwa)

Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
I take it someone has never seen Risky Business or The Girl Next Door. Pretty much, Dope is the African American variation of it, with a political slant.

All three films has the lead character breaking the "law" (prostitution, porn, drugs) in a "clever" way and then pushing what they did against the antagonist so they get off on a clean slate and into the school of their dreams (Princeton, Georgetown, Harvard).

The only difference is Dope's monologue at the end which is very poignant, especially in today's America... but Risky Business and The Girl Next Door are, by far, the better films.
you seem to be very bitter in your most recent posts...
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you seem to be very bitter in your most recent posts...
Why? Because Dope was made as a better film numerous times over the past few decades?
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Why? Because Dope was made as a better film numerous times over the past few decades?
no, just saw a little pattern in ur posts, probably nothing. carry on...
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
I take it someone has never seen Risky Business or The Girl Next Door. Pretty much, Dope is the African American variation of it, with a political slant.

All three films has the lead character breaking the "law" (prostitution, porn, drugs) in a "clever" way and then pushing what they did against the antagonist so they get off on a clean slate and into the school of their dreams (Princeton, Georgetown, Harvard).

The only difference is Dope's monologue at the end which is very poignant, especially in today's America... but Risky Business and The Girl Next Door are, by far, the better films.
I didn't like RISKY BUSINESS either, probably for the same reasons, although it's been a while and I don't remember it much. I've never understood the continued appeal of that film. Never saw THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.
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I didn't like RISKY BUSINESS either, probably for the same reasons, although it's been a while and I don't remember it much. I've never understood the continued appeal of that film. Never saw THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.
Probably for the same exact reasons you disliked Dope because they are the same, exact film. Change selling dope online to selling women through your parents house.
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I really liked this film....untill the speach at the end.
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Finally watched this and thought it was great minus his ending essay which felt a little too "Facebook shared article on race".

It's definitely derivative, but very well directed and acted and a big step up over the last iteration of the plot I saw (the mediocre Girl Next Door). It literally was Risky Business for the GTA era, really liked the tone of the movie, everything had just enough weight but never overly serious. The moral seemed pretty basic (Where you come from is part of who you are, you can't ignore or forget that, but it doesn't have to define you).

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